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Based on a directive by Governor Ivey and the recommendations of public health officials to implement a plan for social distancing and “shelter in place” order, the Alabama Historical Commission has closed its Main Office in Montgomery and select historic sites to the public. Green spaces at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park are open, though the visitors' center remains closed. Please continue to observe social distancing and other safety guidelines while on site.

All programs and events have been cancelled through May 30. AHC will continue to evaluate closures and closely monitor the situation. 

 

Old Cahawba is Alabama's most famous ghost town. In 1819 the town was carved out of the wilderness to be the state's first capital. Although the state changed the location of the capital in 1826, Cahawba continued to grow into a thriving and wealthy river town.

For a short time after the Civil War Cahawba attracted emancipated African Americans seeking new freedoms and politial power. By 1870, however, the population diminished to 300. By the turn of the century most of Cahawba's buildings were lost to fire, decay, or dismantlement.

Blue Star Museum: Old Cahawba proudly offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

View all AHC Owned Forts, Battlefields & Archaeological Sites

Come experience the picturesque ruins of Old Cahawba, an important archaeological site and gateway to natural wonders.

Old Cahawba's grounds as well as the historic St. Luke's Church are available for family reunions and large gatherings.

For more information contact us at 334-872-8058 or cahawba@bellsouth.net.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 1, 2020 - Road to Freedom Wagon Tour: 10:00am - 11:00 am
March 21, 2020-  Bird Walk for Beginners (&History Buffs): 8:00am – 10:00am 
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pril 4, 2020 -Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba: 10:00am – 11:00am 
April 4, 2020- P.O.W. Memorial Service at Old Cahawba: 11:30 am 
May 2, 2020- Cemetery Preservation Workshop: Registration 8:30 am, Program: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
June 6, 2020- B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own) Bike Tour: 10:00 am – 11:00am 
July 1, 2020 - Haunted History Tickets Go On Sale
August 1, 2020- True Crime Wagon Tour of Old Cahawba: 10:00am – 11:00am
September 12, 2020- Canines, Camels, Cats & Critters Wagon Tour: 10:00am – 11:00am 
October 3, 2020- Cemetery Walking Tour of Old Cahawba: 10:00am – 11:00am 
October 17, 2020-  Haunted History Tours: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00  
October 24, 2020-  Haunted History Tours: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00  
November 7, 2020- Frontier Capital and Early Statehood at Old Cahawba: 10:00am – 11:00 am 
December 5, 2020- If Bugs Could Talk Walking Tour: 10:00am-11:00am

 ADMISSION
Amount Ticket
$2 Adult
$1 Children 6-18 years (with parent)
Annual Pass - Individual $25
Annual Pass - Family $35
Events and Programs:
Walking Tours $8
Step on Bus Tours $8
Basic Wagon Tour
(group for 2 hours)
Adult - $10, Child (under 18 years) $8
Extended Tour $15
Workshops or Classes per day $25
Rentals:
Group rental - picnic area (4 hours) $75
Group rental - Church
(8 hours, up to 5pm)
$450
Group rental - Church
(4 hours)
$250
Rental extending beyond 5pm - $50 per additional hour
Shuttle fee for canoeists to HWY 22 $15
Shuttle fee for canoeists to HWY 80 $25
Canoe rental with shuttle - weekends only $40
 LOCATION

From Selma, Alabama, take AL-22 West for 9 miles. Turn left on County Road 9 and travel 5 miles. Turn left on County Road 2 to enter Old Cahawba.

9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, Alabama 36767

 CONTACT

Site Director: Linda Derry

Visitor Center: 334-872-8058

Email: cahawba@bellsouth.net

Media Contact: Andi Martin, 334-230-2680 andi.martin@ahc.alabama.gov